The Tampa Bay Rays have made a real scandal in the world of sports. Namely, several players of this team refused to wear rainbow logos, which also means support for the LGBTQ community. Jason Adam is one of those who refused to wear the rainbow logo, and explained his decision: “Because ultimately we all said what we want is them to know that all are welcome and loved here,” Adam said, as quoted by syracuse.
“But when we put it on our bodies, I think a lot of guys decided that it’s just a lifestyle that maybe — not that they look down on anybody or think differently — it’s just that maybe we don’t want to encourage it if we believe in Jesus, who’s encouraged us to live a lifestyle that would abstain from that behavior, just like (Jesus) encourages me as a heterose*ual male to abstain from se* outside of the confines of marriage.
It’s no different”. Rays president Matt Silverman supported the Pride night. “Our Pride Nights continue to grow both in terms of visibility and participation,” he said. “By doing this, we extend an invitation not just for this game but for all of our games that the LGBTQ+ community is invited, welcomed and celebrated”.
Kevin Cash statement
Rays manager Kevin Cash revealed the details of the team's decision: "First and foremost, I think the organization has done a really good thing to have Pride Nights supporting our gay community to come out and have a nice night at the ballpark,” said Cash.
“Our players have had those conversations and we want to support our players that choose to wear or choose not to wear to the best of our capabilities." Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier is also one of those supporting the Pride night.
“It’s one of those things, my parents taught me to love everyone as they are, go live your life, whatever your preferences are, go be you,” he said, “I can’t speak for everyone who’s in here, obviously, but this is a family-friendly environment here at a big league ballfield”.